BP begins Ghazeer development drilling

BP PLC has started drilling the first of three development wells in Ghazeer natural gas and condensate field, the second phase of giant Khazzan gas field in Oman. The company said on Apr. 9 that it and partner Oman Oil Co. Exploration & Production had made the final investment decision to proceed. It let an EPCC contract to Petrofac for a second-phase processing plant late last year.

BP PLC has started drilling the first of three development wells in Ghazeer natural gas and condensate field, the second phase of giant Khazzan gas field in Oman.

The company said on Apr. 9 that it and partner Oman Oil Co. Exploration & Production had made the final investment decision to proceed. It let an engineering, procurement, construction, and commissioning contract to Petrofac Ltd. for a second-phase processing plant late last year (OGJ Online, Dec. 12, 2017).

Ghazeer, expected onstream in 2021, will be able to produce 500 MMcfd of gas and 15,000 b/d of condensate.

Khazzan began production last September. Flow rates recently reached design levels of 1 bcfd of gas and about 35,000 b/d of condensate.

Khazzan and Ghazeer are expected to yield 10.5 tcf of gas and 350 million bbl of condensate through the end of the exploration production sharing agreement in 2043.

A 2016 amendment to the agreement added 1,150 sq km to the south and west of the original 2,800-sq-km Block 61, allowing development of Ghazeer.

BP operates Block 61 with a 60% interest. Oman Oil Co. E&P holds 40%.

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